score: Storm 86 Liberty 62 (W) (6-2)
the players scored which made me really happy. I think it's
great when Chelle or Greco (players that don't get much time)
score and LJ and Sue are up whipping their towels. Most teams
don't have players that do that and I think it shows what
great players we have.
Ann Wauters played really good D on Lauren all night. You
could see Lauren getting really frustrated.
There was lots of Sue fans there and one had a sign that said
"Go Sue, Long Isaland Loves You". She was like 7
or 8 and her mom was holding the sign. I don't know
what part of the "Isaland" you are from but where
I'm from it's "Island".
I HEART the Liberty intro. I know I said the same thing about
the Mercury one but this one is better. It has a WNBA ball
bouncing around the streets of NYC and around MSG and then
onto the court. I guess you have to be there to really appreciate
how cool it is.
Got to NYC and went to the WNBA Store. What a disappointment!
This time it wasn't the shrinking size of the WNBA section,
which shockingly is the same size it was my last visit, it
was what they've done with the section. They've stored all
NBA sale merchandise on racks in front of the WNBA merchandise
and cordoned off the area with ropes so there is no way of
getting to the WNBA stuff. If you try to walk into the
area yourself, you are quickly told to get out and they will
get something if you want it...not that you may know what
you want because you can't look at what's there. Pathetic.
Beginning of the first half I was nervous because they were
playing really good D and we would get only one chance offensively.
Then Tari Phillips started missing free throws. I know she
missed 6 in the game but the four she missed on consecutive
trips down really put us back in the game. Sorry NY fans for
this but who the hell is Tari? Katie Smith, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl
Swoopes I can understand them getting calls because they are
"superstars" but Tari isn't and it's about time
she stops getting them. She missed the 4 free throws and we
got back in the game and left NY to eat our dust. For a long
time the foul count was Storm 6 Liberty 2. I was waiting for
the refs to even them and sure enough they did.
The second half was awesome. We couldn't miss or at least
that's what it looked like. Everyone was scoring and having
a good time. LJ hardly played in the second half but she was
very animated on the bench when another player would score.
Richie Tomatohead really needs to be fired. Elena Baranova
should not have been on the bench 18 min when they are down.
Care to explain why your best player was subbed out so you
can play Tari? Ann Wauters was playing good D on Lauren and
he took her out too. I can see him losing his job before the
season is over.
Like Jayda said in her article, just about everyone left when
Greco came in the game. I have never left a Storm game no
matter how bad we were losing. What kind of message is that
sending to your players?
The lady behind me and Shed was so annoying. She felt the
need to talk during the whole first half and if that wasn't
bad enough she couldn't get her facts right. Like she said
"Sue Bird was the number one pick last year and LJ the
year before, how does that happen?" (There was also another
guy who questioned how Seattle managed to get Sue and Lauren
in the same year of the draft. Both Shed and I bit our
tongue to stop from correcting him.) This is her exchange
with old lady next to her after Baranova got a loose ball
Old lady: What!? She didn't even touch the ball.
Annoying lady: It was an over the back call.
Old lady: You can't be called for a foul when you aren't touching
the ball. Its f***ing bulls***. Stupid f***ing b****.
The old lady stayed but the annoying lady left about 5 min
into the second half because she didn't want to see the Liberty
lose. Her son was pretty funny at the end of the game. When
White got a board with about 30 seconds left he said "you
haven't rebounded all game and now you are going to start.
Don't rebound, let them win by 30."
They gave out rain hats before the game and by the end of
the game the Red Cross was there for disaster relief.
she was wearing a sweater, a denim vest, and this floor-sweeper
dress that had to be three sizes too big for her. It
probably *was* Anne Donovan's miniskirt."
Unfortunately, that and the Cleveland-inspired punfest my
mom and I had at halftime were the last good laughs I had.
There are butt-whuppings and there are butt-whuppings,
and this was a full-fledged butt-whupping. Simply put,
Seattle kept their hands on the ball, and New York didn't-
whether it was on rebounds, dribbles, or passes, Seattle had
better control of the ball.
It started out so well. We had a decent anthem from
a young Aussie named Karen Jacobsen; she infused it with a
lot more emotion than I'm used to, but there were odd vocal
shifts in the middle. We had the amusement value of
Tully Bevilaqua and Simone Edwards looking for all the world
like they were trying out for the Rockettes. We had
a hard-fought, well-played first half with the Liberty only
down five. But the momentum had already started to shift
in that half. It only got more and more lopsided in
the second half. Seattle got second shot after second
shot after second shot. I think the key play was near
the end of the first half, when Lauren Jackson went to the
line for two. She hit the first, then Richie called
a timeout to try to ice her. She missed the second,
perhaps intentionally, then swooped right in and got the putback.
That was killer. There was a whole lot more of
that in the second half for the Storm.
It had previously impressed me no end that Sue Bird, who plays
a position that usually ends up with the worst-percentage
shots, was leading the team in field goal percentage. But
now I understand why. She knows exactly when to take
the shot and when to pass and when to try and set something
else up. Perhaps LJ was right in saying that she's the
best point guard in the league. Speaking of which...
the reigning MVP was unstoppable last night. Elena and
Ann both tried defending her, supposedly, though what they
were doing didn't look much like defense. She had a
double-double in the first half- I'd say that's pretty impressive.
Betty Lennox was doing her good-Betty/bad-Betty streaky
thing, and it was rather disturbing, though fortunately for
the Liberty she spent most of the game as bad-Betty, otherwise
it probably would have been a 40-point loss. Sheri Sam
kept getting left open, and she kept hitting shots. (Then
again, the Liberty defense kept leaving LJ open too, and that's
like WTF?) She also had a knack for getting the ball
in a rebounding situation. Kamila Vodichkova was quiet
most of the night, except for the state of perpetual foul.
Tully Bevilaqua is as tenacious and fearless as advertised;
I think it was the first play she was in- she was getting
ready for KB to come up, then took one huge step and was planted
in position just in time for the happily oblivious KB to plow
her over like something out of a bad driving commercial. Fortunately,
she has perfected the art of falling without being too awkward.
Adia Barnes is as fierce a defender as ever, though
I do believe that her brace is a couple of inches longer than
Becky's; she also found some offense in that second half,
making me feel really stupid after I'd spent most of the first
half saying how she was known for her defense. Janell
Burse is one hell of a tough cookie on the inside.
Ugh. Where do I begin with the Liberty? The defense
was nonexistent- no one scores 86 on a good Liberty defense,
not even an All-Star team. Players missed assignments.
Players lost rebounds. Players stood around and
looked stupid. Tari looked totally out of place- I'm
starting to get frustrated with the shape she's not in, and
the hand is no longer an excuse. Becky made a lot of
bad decisions, especially in the second half when she thought
she had to take over the game (you'd think after she got the
stuffing knocked out of her once or twice, she'd get the drift
that the paint is not a good place to be when you're 5'6"
and the people around you are 6'4" and 6'5"). VJ
was off every which way from Sunday- if she's not hurting,
then I don't know a damn thing about basketball. Elena
had moments, including a couple of good defensive moments,
but she still wasn't Supernova. Ann was very good on
offense, but questionable on defense. Crystal I think
was the only one who really brought it. And Richie,
of course, was bad to his old tricks of calling every single
possession, taking out the hot hand, and taking his sweet
time about making substitutions. But at least he removed
his head from his arse and put Bethany and Erin in, though
it took him about three minutes too long.
The Liberty looked awful, and it wouldn't surprise me if some
of the harmony had gone sour. But the Storm have a knack
for making teams look bad. While the extent of the loss
can be placed squarely on the pathetic defense and rebounding
that showed up, the fact of the loss can be placed on the
fact that the Storm are one hell of a good team.